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Middlesex's Friends Life t20 - five things to watch Published: 27 June 2013

Middlesex's Friends Life t20 - five things to watch

With the Friends Life t20 season underway and Middlesex's first match at the Home of Cricket on Sunday 30 June, Lords.org takes a look ahead at what to expect from the Panthers this summer.

Irish eyes

Middlesex's preparations for the tournament were struck a blow with the news that England star Eoin Morgan is out for at least the start of the campaign with a broken finger.

But they're still able to call upon another destructive Irish-born batsman in the shape of clean hitting Paul Stirling - unquestionably one of the most exciting players in the competition.

Overseas impact

Kyle Mills and Adam Voges might not be the most high-profile signings for the competition, but they're two mightily effective performers in the limited overs game with 215 international appearances between them in ODI and t20 cricket.

Middlesex have lacked the experience to see them over the line in a number of matches in the past two years, so the Antipodean pair could make the difference in 2013.

Unique Lord's atmosphere

The FLt20 creates a different atmosphere at Lord's, with the Home of Cricket lit-up by music and cheerleaders for the only time in the season.

With two Thursday evening matches and a family-themed Sunday fixture including fairground stalls and face-painting, there's something for everyone.

New faces

The FLt20 competition always throws up a new face or two and thrusts them into the limelight, and 2013 should be no different. 

Adam Rossington, 20, has impressed since taking over from John Simpson as limited-overs 'keeper and could be one name to emerge with his reputation enhanced from this year's tournament.

Rivalries

One of the beauties of the competition is that the Group stages allow local rivalries to flourish. Middlesex meet three of their fiercest local foes - Sussex, Essex and Surrey - at Lord's.

The London derby in particular always captures the imagination of cricket fans in the capital, with a brilliant atmosphere on and off the pitch a certainty.

Please visit this page for more ticket details for this year's FLt20 matches at Lord's


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